Origin of fakir
Examples from the Web for fakir
The 'curious insect' was given to the lady's husband by a rich native who gave up all his worldly possessions and became a fakir.
Brown swung the Beluchi out in front of him where he could hear the fakir better.
There were not wanting those in the profession who openly denounced him as a "fakir."An American Suffragette|Isaac N. Stevens
There was a chorus of yells from the prisoners, and a noise like a wounded horse's scream from the fakir.
By this time the fakir has convinced his audience that the basket is empty.The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin|Harry Houdini
faqir fakeer (fəˈkɪə)
Word Origin for fakir
c.1600, from Arabic faqir "a poor man," from faqura "he was poor." Term for Muslim holy man who lived by begging, misapplied in 19c. English (possibly under influence of faker) to Hindu ascetics. Arabic plural form fuqara may have led to variant early English forms such as fuckiere (1630s).